Effective leadership occurs not just in the dramatic moments of a corporation’s life but in all the more routine and repetitive moments that are part of running a business day-by-day.
Yes, you need to be able to handle major announcements and problems in a consistent, confident and inspirational way. But real leaders understand from the best of situational leadership training that leading is a daily act that means working with employees, not just over them.
If you want to empower your employees, you need to be able to establish an environment where knowledge is shared…where individuals are encouraged to speak up and bring their ideas and concerns to the fore. You cannot create this open atmosphere if you are isolated in an ivory tower or only come to the rescue during times of strife. You need to get to know your team and work alongside them…digging in when extra effort and encouragement is needed.
Effective leadership is a two-way street:
- Communicate your vision
- Encourage feedback and listen